Nashua, NH – Ryan Murray (Farmington Hills, Mich.) became the final goal scorer in the history of the Daniel Webster men's ice hockey program and Anthony D'Urso (Rome, N.Y.) made 55 saves as the host Eagles turned out the lights for all time in dropping a 10-1 decision to Castleton Saturday evening at Conway Arena.
The Eagles completed their final season 1-23-1 overall while the Spartans improved to 10-9-3.
Daniel Webster College will formally close in May.
Murray, who finished as the team leader in goals (8) and points (15) on the season, scored 31 seconds into the third period to break up Castleton's shutout bid, making it a 6-1 game at the time. Chris Timm (Dublin, Calif.) and Steven Smoltz (Livonia, Mich.) assisted.
Nick Kovalchik and Brock Labelle led Castleton with two goals and an assist each, while Troy Taylor posted a goal and three assists. Ryan O'Malley and Ryan O'Toole each potted a goal and two assists.
The Spartans outshot the Eagles, 71-22 and led 2-0 after one and 6-0 after two.
D'Urso finished with 27 saves in the first period, 21 in the second and 23 in the third and yielded to Ben Gagnon (Manchester, N.H.) over the final five minutes. Gagnon added seven saves.
Ryan Mulder made 21 saves for the visitors.
Both Gagnon and William Humfryes were honored as the squad's final seniors prior to the third period.
The book closes on the program that was played in some club capacity for well over 30 years at the College, eventually organizing under the director of Paul LaBarre to eventually qualify for American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) status, the largest club hockey organization on the nation. Regionally, the program played in the Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) winning a pair of division tournament titles in the late 1990's and again in 2007.
Elevation to NCAA status was finally approved in 2014 where the team played an ACHA-NCAA transition season finishing 19-8 overall and then went full NCAA in 2015-16 finishing 3-18-1.
The program posted its first official victory with a 6-4 win at Franklin Pierce on November 3, 2015 and would later win their first official home game, 3-2 in overtime against Framingham State on November 14, 2015.